What happens if you dont get a dental bridge?

If you choose to leave an empty space, you put yourself at risk for the following: Your other teeth will start to move and shift. This leads to bite alignment issues, uneven wear from chewing, and TMJ problems. The remaining teeth also become more susceptible to gum problems and cavities.

Is a dental bridge medically necessary?

Dental bridges can help if you have a missing tooth or teeth. The most common causes of missing teeth are tooth decay, gum disease and injury. Or you may have been born with missing teeth due to a congenital condition. To get a dental bridge, you need healthy teeth on either side of the missing ones.

Is a dental bridge considered restorative?

Patients of any age may experience tooth loss. If this loss occurs, often the best restorative procedure is the traditional fixed bridge. A fixed bridge fills the gap left by one or more missing teeth.

What is a four tooth bridge?

A dental bridge can take the place of a single tooth but is commonly used to restore two, three, four, or more teeth. The greater the number of missing teeth, the more crowns needed to support the bridge and the less stable the bridge tends to be.

What is a permanent bridge?

According to the American Dental Association A bridge is a custom-made replacement tooth or teeth that fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. The bridge permanently restores your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face.

What is a dental bridge?

Procedures A dental bridge is a permanent appliance that replaces a missing tooth or missing teeth. It’s made up of several pieces that are fused together to fit into the open space where your tooth or teeth used to be. 1  Dental bridges are an alternative to partial dentures.

What are the risks of a dental bridge?

1 Once the bridge is fitted, the adjacent teeth that hold the bridge in place may become damaged. 2 A risk of decay is present if the crowns over the abutting teeth are ill-fitting (from allowing bacteria and plaque underneath the crowns) 3 The crowns may change the structure of the teeth.

How do you take care of your teeth with a bridge?

With a bridge, it’s especially important to prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. For proper tooth and gum care, you should: Brush twice a day and floss daily: A dental professional can show you the right way to brush and floss.

What can I use instead of a dental bridge?

Wings on each side of the bridge bond to your existing teeth. Implant supported bridge: This bridge is similar to a “traditional fixed bridge” but instead of being cemented in place to teeth, it is held in place by implants. What can I use instead of a dental bridge? Some people choose partial dentures, which are removable false teeth.